WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., 1 April 2014. GE Aviation worked closely with key educators and officials at the state of Indiana to secure a location for the company’s new jet engine assembly factory in Lafayette, Ind.
The state of Indiana, the Indiana Economic Development Corp. (IEDC), the city of Lafayette, and Tippecanoe County have provided technical support and incentives to ensure a smooth and successful start-up. To prepare for the new factory, GE will work with Ivy Tech at Lafayette for skills and training support.
The plant will be minutes from Purdue University in West Lafayette, which has a history of collaboration with GE Aviation and its parent, General Electric Co. GE employs more than 1,200 Purdue University alumni, including more than 400 at GE Aviation. Over the past five years, GE has financed more than $2.5 million in research and development projects at Purdue.
“Purdue and GE are continuing to build a broad and strong collaboration in both research and talent recruitment,” says Mitch Daniels, president of Purdue University. “In today’s world, a strong research university is the best economic magnet a state can have, and today’s announcement is a perfect example of that principle in action.”